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Comment Re:So what. (Score 3, Interesting) 309

No, I will not purchase a dvd when a HD is available.

No, I will not purchase a blu-ray because I don't want to damage the blu-ray, store the blu-ray, purchase additional blu-ray players or get off my lazy ass to find a blu-ray and put it in the player.

Yes, I'll pay for a movie in one of the common streaming services for $10-$20 per movie.

It's clearly a generational thing. Many older individuals can't seem to understand that dvds are inconvenient.

Comment Re:Build your own software, asshole (Score 4, Insightful) 221

Many open source projects are well funded. They are for profit. It is free to use, not free to develop. There's a well defined model for making money on open source.

The projects that are developed by only hobbiest are the exception, not the rule.

You can pay someone to develop software for you.

Comment Re: Doesn't work (Score 1) 196

I don't see a problem with that.

No one builds software from scratch. We leverage libraries, even with IoT. Most of them are open source. We just need to actually make security a priority in open source. This will reduce the cost for the little guy.

Security is is typically proven by showing that information can't be leaked out of a system. Let's look at the Linux kernel first. It has no proof of security. In fact we've had bugs in the last year that completely undermine the security of the system. IoT devices can be made simple. I'd argue the Linux kernel is overkill for such a device. Especially when there are open source alternatives with formal proofs of security. If the IoT device is simply measuring the temperature in your home or brewing some tea then I think you can justify the expense of formally proving it's secure; even as a little guy.

Comment Re:Just. Run. The. Damn. Wire. (Score 1) 88

Honestly most people give me a blank stare when I say crimp tool. Those who know what that is has no idea how to configure router properly. Just face it, the vast majority of people don't want to be bothered with managing their WiFi. I found google wifi care very useful with helping out with propblems (even though my problem is probably qwests messed up PPP implementation).

Comment Re: Uh... (Score 1) 343

Under the hood most deep learning python libraries are calling CUDA libraries. The python code does very little computation, but it's usually a much cleaner to use python bindings. Essentially, it all has taken off because we can now efficiently compute large matrix multiples on GPUs. I don't think the symbolic approach can be easily formulated as a matrix multiply. I imagine that symbolic approaches require quite a bit of control flow, which in some case be detrimental to efficiency on GPUs.

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